Roger Down, president and CEO of the US Travel Association, said extraordinary US Visa wait times and dissatisfaction with entry processes detour overseas visitors, which costs the US valuable tourism dollars.
The association suggests that using secure videoconferencing to conduct US visa interviews of prospective travelers in countries such as Brazil, China and India; the expansion of the trusted traveler program known as Global Entry; and the expansion of the US Visa Waiver Program.
Under the US Visa Waiver program citizens of selected countries, including Australia and the UK, are able to travel to the US for tourism purposes by applying for a US ESTA. The ESTA is an online application that approves travel to the US within 72 hours.
Earlier this year US Travel released a study conducted by Oxford Economics that showed the country missed out on more than $500 billion in tourism spending simply by not keeping up with other major travel destinations around the world.